Pickleball is clearly a sport on the rise in the Sioux Empire. One area company is contributing in a big way to its growth, and is set to develop courts here in the Sioux Empire.

Last week, we had a story about an upcoming pickleball tournament in our area, and now, Avera has announced its plans to develop two dozen courts in Southwest Sioux Falls.

What is pickleball? It's a popular hybrid sport with elements of tennis, ping pong, badminton, and is a fun way to get out and about with friends.

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Last Thursday, Avera officially released a statement in regards to their plans to develop 12 pickleball courts on their Avera on Louise campus. Here are some of the plans included in the release:

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The official release notes that this isn't just an expansion of the sport in the area, but the facility will be the largest in the entire state:

Construction and development of the 12 courts, along with lighting and a restroom facility, will begin in mid-May on land east of the Avera Human Performance Center next to 77th Street. When the $1.5 million project is complete in early August, courts will be open and free to use by the public.

Avera offers indoor pickleball, which would be vital for those that can't get enough of the sport, even when the weather isn't ideal:

Avera also offers a pickleball membership for indoor playing at the Avera Human Performance Center.

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“We look forward to the positive impact this will have in our community,” said John Mathison, Avera Vice President of Specialty Clinics. “These courts will allow community members of all ages a chance to get out, have fun and live a healthy lifestyle.”

It's a boost to Sioux Falls recreation, and will only further add to the great amenities the Sioux Empire has to offer for those looking to get out and play.

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